The Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) is capable of receiving electronic HL7 2.5.1 files on behalf of the Maryland ImmuNet registry.
How do I connect Practice Fusion with my registry for Meaningful Use (Medicaid) or MIPS (Medicare)?
Eligible providers (EPs) and MIPS eligible clinicians must take the following steps to submit data to DHMH.
1. Register with DHMH
Go to the DHMH Public Health Reporting home page, scroll to Step 1, and click the "Registration" link. Enter your practice group NPI and then click on "New User" to enter the email associated with previous registrations and to create a new password. Note that Practice Fusion's Immunization team is the point of contact for immunization connection inquiries:
- Contact our Customer Service team
- Phone: 415-346-7700
Prepare your test file. Using a test patient in Practice Fusion, export an immunization file from the Actions drop-down menu in the patient's chart. The test patient should have a name, date of birth, race, ethnicity and preferred language in their Profile section. Additionally, add an administered immunization in the Immunizations section and fill out all of the details. For specific instructions on how to correctly add an 'Administered Vaccine' to the patient's chart, visit this link.
Transmit the file to DHMH. DHMH support three different data transport methods as provided in their specifications. You must use immunet.dhmh.maryland.gov as the host name and the following credentials:
The password is case sensitive.
After you complete the test file submission, email email@example.com to notify DHMH. After reviewing the file, DHMH will send you a confirmation email. Make sure to keep documentation of this email for your records.
2. Upon receiving the confirmation email of a successful test with DHMH, alert them that you would like to proceed with ongoing submission and sign up for an integration through Practice Fusion in Immunization Settings
Ensure that the following information has been accurately entered into the EHR in the applicable areas: Provider name, Primary facility address, and NPI. Note: For instructions on editing your EHR Settings, click here.
Navigate to Settings --> Vaccines and immunizations--> Immunization registry.
Under Step 2: Connect, select Connect an EHR facility to your state registry.
Select the facility name with which you are registering.
Select "Maryland - ImmuNet" from the drop-down list.
Enter your credentials. Your practicename is your choice, so don't worry about what to enter there. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you don't know your organizational ID. Select the “i” icon for additional information about each credential.
Click Register to begin the testing and validation process.
3. Testing and validation process
Practice Fusion will start sending test immunization files immediately to ImmuNet along with the following information from your EHR account: provider name, primary facility address, NPI, and information you entered on the Immunization settings page.
This happens automatically once you register. There is no need for you to do anything except follow up on any emails from the registry.
If information was entered incorrectly on the settings page or if there was any error with the file, you should be notified by ImmuNet with an explanation of the issue.
If you need to update the information entered in the Immunization settings page, delete the existing electronic transmission registration, correct the information, and resubmit the registration to re-start the testing and validation process with the updated information.
4. Activate your immunization integration in the Immunization Settings page
Once you have been notified by ImmuNet that you can proceed to submit production (real patient) data, visit the Immunization settings page and activate your integration.
5. Submit immunization records directly to ImmuNet
Once activated, you will be able to electronically submit immunization files to your registry for each patient.
Go to the Immunizations section of the chart and click Transmit all. Alternatively, click the Actions button and select Transmit to state registry.
It is very important that you complete this step for each patient whose immunization record you update in order to continue active engagement. This will now become your new workflow when submitting patient immunization records to your immunization registry.
If you have questions about the set-up process email email@example.com. If you have further questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.